Material Issue 1Environmental awareness

Toward realization of a society that coexists in harmony with nature

The biodiversity that maintains our way of life


Our way of life is made possible by the bounties provided by nature and living things in all their various forms. As a retail company that provides customers with the blessings of biodiversity, UNY is working to build a system that will enable shopping to contribute to sustainable consumption and production.

The biodiversity that maintains our way of life

We also offer environmental education in which children, our next generation, learn about their place in nature--its life-giving foods--and creature by actually going out and trying farming, or exploring forests.

Sales of products that protect biodiversity


Protecting nature translates into protecting living things, and selling foods and products based on this concept makes customers choose us. To expand the virtuous cycle from production to consumption, we offer products that protect biodiversity and work hard to increase consumer awareness about its importance.

FSC certification is granted by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), which runs an international forest certification system, to forests and wood recognized as sustainable, as well as to products made from such wood. Under UNY's private label brand, we develop and sell FSC certified products such as toilet paper and elementary school workbooks. Customers purchasing products with the FSC certification logo indirectly help preserve forests and protect biodiversity. It is a means to contribute to society through shopping.

Organic cotton

Conventional cotton cultivation involves the use of numerous pesticides and insecticides. Organic cultivation, however, involve the use of neither; natural compost is used and leguminous plants are grown in the same areas in fields in order to impart nutrients to the soil. These practices enrich the land and protect the soil, where the greatest diversity of organisms on the planet make their habitat.

Organic cotton

FSC certified toilet paper

Rather than recycled paper, this toilet paper is made from paper pulp that has FSC certification, which is given to wood and products verified to have been sourced from “properly managed forests.” This toilet paper represents a dedication to the innate quality of paper pulp and comfort, while at the same time helping to preserve the natural environment.

FSC certified toilet paper

FSC certified eco!on workbooks

The FSC certification logo is given to wood and products verified to have been sourced from “properly managed forests” as defined by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Using paper stock marked with this logo, we created workbooks to be used by elementary school students. Customers who purchase products with the FSC logo send a message to children studying the environment that they can make a difference towards forest preservation.

FSC certified eco!on workbooks

Efforts to achieve a society in harmony with nature


To protect the forests and woodlands provide us their invaluable blessings, we match a portion of the “FamilyMart Connecting Dreams Foundation Donation” collected at our stores and make donations to the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization. We also help conduct “Forest Classes for kindergarteners” to interact with forests, “Kikigaki Koshien events for high school students” to learn about forests, and “Hometown Forest Revitalization project” activities, where we work with community members to protect forests. Through these efforts, we strive to pass on Japan's rich lands to future generations while preserving biodiversity.

Forest Classes for kindergarteners
Forest Classes for kindergarteners
Kikigaki Koshien events for high school students
Kikigaki Koshien events for high school students
Hometown Forest Revitalization Project
Hometown Forest Revitalization Project

Process Until Project is Implemented(Hometown Forest Revitalization Project)

Process Until Project is Implemented(Hometown Forest Revitalization Project)

Efforts being made at environmentally-conscious stores


With the goal of achieving a 10% reduction in energy consumption per sales unit (compared to 2010) by 2020 as a measure to address climate change, we are actively engaged in replacing current equipment with energy-saving appliances and are developing an energysaving store model.

Efforts being made at environmentally-conscious stores

1LED lighting system deployment inside stores

Along with the in-store deployment of LED lighting that provides high energy-saving performance, we are putting in state-of-the-art systems for controlling light brightness based on time of day and in-store zone. (8,473 stores as of February 28, 2017)

LED lighting system deployment inside stores

2LED deployment for signboard lighting

Deploying LED lighting for facade signs and standing signs improved energy-saving performance by roughly 70% compared to fluorescent lightbased signboards. (LED façade signboards: 6,810 stores as of February 28, 2017; LED general signboards: 2,742 stores as of February 28, 2017)

LED deployment for signboard lighting

3LED deployment for lighting inside microwaves

As standard lighting inside their microwaves, all stores use LED lamps that use zero power on standby. These models use approximately 80% less power than standard lighting inside microwaves.

4Reducing walk-in refrigerator power usage

Replacing walk-in refrigerator lighting with inverter lamps achieved power savings of between 20% and 25%. We also discontinued the use of certain anti-fogging heaters for glass layers, reducing heater energy usage by 75%.

5Reducing freezer and air conditioning system power usage and preserving the environment

Starting from January 2017, we have been accelerating energy saving by switching the refrigerant gas used in our freezers from R401A to R410A, which is more efficient in power usage. From May 2017, we also started switching the refrigerant gas used in our air conditioners to R32, a low global warming potential refrigerant, to better preserve the environment.

6Installation of fast chargers for electric vehicles

We are installing fast chargers for electric vehicles to allow for the use of electric vehicles and PHVs without worrying about the battery to feel a sense of reassurance. (709 stores as of February 28, 2017)

Installation of fast chargers for electric vehicles

7Deployment of freezers and refrigerators equipped with CO2 refrigerant devices

We are now deploying freezers and refrigerators that use CO2 refrigerants, allowing for simultaneously reducing energy-derived CO2 and fluorocarbon emissions. (67 stores as of February 28, 2017)

Deployment of freezers and refrigerators equipped with CO2 refrigerant devices

8Solar panel installation

As a measure to conduct our business activities and reduce our ecological footprint at the same time, we are equipping our stores with solar panels. (2,383 stores as of February 28, 2017)

Solar panel installation

9Installation of trash cans inside stores

In fiscal year 2016 we began standardizing the process of installing trash cans inside stores as a means to reduce and recycle waste while complying with governmental waste sorting regulations.

Installation of trash cans inside stores

10Usage of LEDs for parking lot lighting

We are installing LED lighting in our parking lots. LEDs use 30% less power than conventional lighting. They also last four times longer. (4,196 stores as of February 28, 2017)

Usage of LEDs for parking lot lighting


In building stores that contribute to bringing about a more sustainable society, we are putting in place equipment for, among other things, reducing and sorting waste, recycling, and saving energy, and are working with our customers to practice “shopping that is good for the world.”

Efforts being made at environmentally-conscious stores

1Recycling stations

We collect and recycle items disposed of after customers purchase them. This includes milk cartons, aluminum cans, trays, PET bottles, and biomass plastic egg cartons.

Recycling stations

2Waste-specific trash cans

Using trash cans set up in sections throughout our stores, we sort and collect burnable, nonburnable, and other kinds of trash.

Waste-specific trash cans

3Disclosure of information

On posters and other materials, we provide information about and report on efforts UNY is making.

Disclosure of information

4Waste weighing systems

By sorting and weighing the waste generated from each store section and tenant, the systems promote waste reduction and recycling.

Waste weighing systems

5LED lighting

We use LED lighting both inside and outside our stores. This has led to greatly reduced power usage while curbing CO2 emissions.

LED lighting

6Solar power generation

We have deployed solar panels on rooftops and outer walls. The solar power we generate is used to power the inside and outside of our stores. We are able to monitor the amount of power currently being generated.

Solar power generation

7Wall greening

Our stores have installed green exterior walls. These combat the heat island effect and provide insulation, keeping building temperatures down and reducing air conditioning usage.

Wall greening

8Stormwater infiltration facilities

These efforts have achieved a 25% reduction in the amount of rainwater running off of store premises. This preserves ground water, keeps streamflow constant under normal conditions, and prevents flooding.

Stormwater infiltration facilities

9Cooling & heating trenches

Air conditioning using geothermal heat. These systems bring fresh and cool air inside stores, reducing air conditioning power usage by approximately 1.8% and overall facility CO2 emissions by roughly 0.6%.

Cooling & heating trenches
Earth tubes in the summer